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Labor > Employment > Self-employment > Self-employment rates > Total per million: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: Employment is generally measured through household labour force surveys and, according to the ILO Guidelines, employed persons are defined as those aged 15 or over who report that they have worked in gainful employment for at least one hour in the previous week.

Self-employed persons include employers, own-account workers, members of producers’ co-operatives, and unpaid family workers. The last of these are unpaid in the sense that they do not have a formal contract to receive a fixed amount of income at regular intervals, but they share in the income generated by the enterprise; unpaid family workers are particularly important in farming and retail trade. Note that all persons who work in corporate enterprises, including company directors, are considered to be employees.

The rates shown here are the percentages of the self-employed in total civilian employment i.e., total employment less military employees. Figures expressed per million population for the same year.

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Iceland 43.03% 2009
2 Luxembourg 12.26% 2009
3 New Zealand 4% 2009
4 Ireland 3.77% 2009
High income OECD countries average (profile) 3.26% 2009
5 Greece 3.18% 2009
6 Slovakia 2.38% 2009
7 Finland 2.37% 2009
8 Portugal 2.27% 2009
9 Austria 1.72% 2009
10 Norway 1.66% 2009
11 Denmark 1.61% 2009
12 Czech Republic 1.55% 2009
13 Switzerland 1.49% 2009
14 Belgium 1.28% 2009
15 Hungary 1.25% 2009
16 Sweden 1.14% 2009
17 Netherlands 0.75% 2009
18 South Korea 0.648% 2009
19 Poland 0.615% 2009
20 Australia 0.594% 2009
21 Turkey 0.588% 2009
22 Italy 0.438% 2009
23 Spain 0.386% 2009
24 Mexico 0.295% 2009
25 Canada 0.276% 2009
26 United Kingdom 0.223% 2009
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 0.193% 2009
27 Germany 0.147% 2009
28 France 0.138% 2009
29 Japan 0.105% 2009
30 United States 0.0235% 2009

Citation

"Countries Compared by Labor > Employment > Self-employment > Self-employment rates > Total per million. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", OECD Country statistical profiles 2009. Population figures from World Bank: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Labor/Employment/Self--employment/Self--employment-rates/Total-per-million

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